Curricular Innovation Grants

The Curriculum Innovation Grants exist to support work by individual faculty or teams of faculty to enhance Carleton's curriculum and/or improve pedagogy. Curriculum Innovation Grants will be awarded by the Faculty Curricular Planning Committee (FCPC) for the summer of 2015 or winter break of 2015-16. Directors and participants in any of the activities described below can receive stipends of $600 per week of full-time work up to a maximum of $3,000 (please note that stipends are taxable). Generally, grants of $1,200 (two weeks' support) will be available for individual course revisions; larger sums may be requested for development of new courses.  Small sums for other expenses can also be provided (please note how much of your request is for expenses). The total grant may be larger than $3,000 for group applications.

Proposals are invited, addressing any of the following categories:

  1. Major curricular revisions for department or interdisciplinary programs undertaken by an individual faculty member or a group of faculty. Proposals would be expected to include provision for sharing with colleagues and program directors the results of the project undertaken.
  2. Curricular innovations whose development would involve faculty seminars or workshops. Proposals are expected to address how a small number of faculty would be centrally involved in intensive discussions of disciplinary or interdisciplinary topics. The project should lead to a significant change in the curriculum.
  3. A study of a subject or topic of substantive interest to one or more academic department or discipline. Although topics chosen might have some bearing on the curriculum, a proposal addressing this category would seek support for collegial discussion of academic or pedagogical issues of concern.
  4. Individual or team proposals to work on a specific course.

Proposal deadline is February 9, 2015.

Examples of projects funded in preceding years include:

  • Marty Baylor, Melissa Eblen-Zayas, and Bill Titus, Physics and Astronomy, to develop integrated computational-experimental modeling modules throughout the physics and astronomy curriculum.
  • Eric Egge, Mathematics, to develop an Argument & Inquiry seminar in combinatorial games.
  • Bill North, History, to develop and refine a model of faculty support and peer mentoring in curricular exhibitions in the context of History 137.